There's a lot to celebrate in 2017:
Canada is turning 150 and the CELAFI 1992 and 1997 Celebrating African Identity, Conference/Festival is marking the 25th year following its inception. The CELAFI'25 Archive launch commemorates and documents what was an explosive tour de force of creativity by Black Canadian Artists that filled a collective ten official days with music, dance, theatre, fashion, forums, visual art, literature, oral tradition, body adorning wearable art, film and video. CELAFI'25 website is a comprehensive archive and publicly accessible resource that permanently imprints on Canada's public record the cultural and artistic body of work contributed by Black Canadians as they neared the 21st century and built a platform upon which other artists could stand and thrive.
CELAFI'25 Online Archive is a multi-faceted collection of contemporary artifacts created by Black Artists. It currently contains an index of over 500 artists, 150 artist profiles, images, exhibition and performance catalogues, interviews, media coverage ... plus from both CELAFI'92 and CELAFI'97. Soft launched February 1, 2017 during Black History Month, CELAFI'25 Online kicked off 150 days’ countdown to July 1, Canada Day and the official website launch. The archive will expand and evolve as we continue to add to the collection over the course of the year-long celebration and beyond.
Art embodies the story of a people and their history. Celafi'25 archival mission: Preserve, validate, promote and make accessible, through digital footprint, the art of Canada's Black artist past, present, and visioning the future
Building legacy; Igniting the FUTURE
art heals, art connects, art educates, art provokes, art matters
EXPLORING & NAVIGATING CELAFI’25 SITE
The site contains roughly 150 artifacts (if you include slides and photographs from OG archive binder), containing:
500 participants (92 & 97)
1000 images (artwork, photos, design icons and etc.)
200 bios (this is not confirmed at all, I have to do a count)
75 papers (curatorial and programming essays)
30 venues across Toronto (see venue page)
To help viewers, users, explore the site and navigate the online archive
1. List of Artifacts contained on this site
2. Participants and Contributors index includes detail list of artists, academics, programmers, curators, etc.,
2. Artists Discipline, from visual arts to ....
4. CELAFI Venues & Sites spanning the ...
5. CELAFI'25 Facebook (social media) releases daily samples from the artifacts and archive along with factoids
In the future we will be releasing curated content and a special Education focus. more details on that can be found